The Wau Holland Foundation supports the free and open-source desktop system GNOME
and collects European donations for the project. The donations are spent in coordination
with the GNOME project, especially for organizing European events related to the
Friends of GNOME project.
The Wau Holland Foundation promotes and supports moral courage in the digital realm.
Donations for this project will be allocated to campaigns for hunted whistle-blowers,
journalists and (political) hacktivists based on needs by the foundation board.
Project Area 06 of the Wau Holland Foundation covers activities for informational
self-determination and against data retention and surveillance.
As commercial "social" network services like Facebook abuse user-contributed contents
and personal information as an asset to gain financial profit, the Wau Holland Foundation
funds projects like SecuShare, Unhosted, GnuNet and Psyc that support the information
self-determination of the users in social networks.
In the project domain 05, titled in German "AlphaBITisierung", the Wau Holland Foundation
funds educational activities and projects that promote a responsible handling of new media
In this context the Wau Holland Foundation has financed the first meeting of
the CCC-related project "Chaos goes to School" as well as several workshops with
soldering equipment and electronics for kids on the Dresden based event "Datenspuren"" (data traces).
WikiLeaks is a publication platform
to anonymously publish documents which are of public interest. The project wants to support those
who want to expose unethical behaviour or activites in their own government’s or corporation’s.
A system for mass publication of information and analytics which does not allow identification
of sources has been created. Wikileaks started in 2006.
Wau Holland Foundation supports Wikileaks in fulfilling the goal of freedom of information
and funds operational costs of the servers providing the publishing platform as well as
journalistic research and aggregation of material, publication activities as well as
reimbursement of travel costs and funding for those engaged on the base of greenpeace-standard
Wau Holland Foundation funds the operational costs (Hardware + running costs) of the XMPP Instant
Messaging platform operated by the Chaos Computer Club.
Fundraising has been very successful as well as the service provided.
"We had an enormous wave of contributions after our last call for funding, which
allows us to continue to provide the service for a free jabber.ccc.de - we thank all donors!
We have been able to raise over 5000€ - with this money we bought new hardware
(1HE, Intel Core 2 Quad, 8 GByte RAM, 320 GByte in RAID 1, plus an universal power supply).
We will also be able to cover traffic and housing costs with this money."
(CCC statement on the Jabber donation campaign)
To support Internet users in executing their right of informational self-determination,
the Wau Holland Foundation is engaged in supporting various projects that enable the anonymous
use of Internet services. Donations for these projects are managed by the Wau Holland Foundation
and are spent in coordination with the corresponding project team. As an example the Wau Holland
Foundation supports the European network nodes of the
Tor Project and the coordination among
Campaign against Voting Computers
In Germany’s federal elections in September 2005, the government used electronic voting computers
by the Dutch company NEDAP. The integrity of the electoral counting process could not be verified
in a public manner. The use of voting computers is subject to heavy debate due to the various
possibilities for manipulation. The public trust in voting computers is undermined.
The Chaos Computer Club therefore leads in cooperation with the Wau Holland Foundation, a campaign
to challenge the legality of voting computers. For the campaign, research was conducted and the
results documented on the manipulability of voting computers. Through Freedom of Information Act
inquiries, the publication of the costs structures and financial interests in the procurement
processes are exposed. The campaign also takes legal steps against the use of electronic voting
computers due to their untrustworthiness.
Donation to the Wau Holland Stiftung
Charitable contributions (made without project specification) to the Wau Holland Foundation
assist us in our work lending support to projects as well as help foster the mission of the
Foundation. The decision which projects or venues are to be financially supported lies ultimately
at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation. Contributions can foster smaller
projects or fund accommodation costs, travel costs for speakers attending CCC-Congresses.
Additionally there are in-house projects such as the 'Hacker Archive':
Hacker Archive (archive of contemporary technology)
When asked "Doesn't the prospect that the Chaos Computer Club is being bugged by intelligence
agencies and the like make you angry?" Wau Holland replied with a smile: "No, they are archiving
for my grandchildren"
Whether such an archive now actually exists or not, we do not know, but that does not
really matter if it is not publicly accessible. There's got be more remains from a time
in which hackers had decisively influenced the (German) computer culture. In any case,
more than a couple of fading memories, a few television films, some books coupled with
plenty of myths and legends. It should of course, be made publicly accessible.
The Wau Holland Foundation and the Chaos Computer Club would like to endeavour in this
joint project, to create such an archive, an archive of the hacker movement. The project
is based on the long-term and is divided into several sub-regions as well as in time periods.
There will be two archive-areas, the physical and the electronic archive.